Coll, Totamore

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Site Type DUN
Canmore ID 21560
Site Number NM15NE 21
NGR NM 1762 5713
Parish COLL
Former District ARGYLL AND BUTE
Former County ARGYLL
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NM15NE 21 1762 5713.

(NM 1762 5713) Fort (NR) (remains of)
(Undated) OS annotation.

Dun, Totamore: Some slight remains of a dun are to be found on the grass-grown summit of a rocky boss which lies on the E edge of the sand-hills, 300m N of Totamore. The approach to the site from the NNE is almost level, but elsewhere good natural protection is afforded by the cliffs, up to 19m in height, that bound the site on the S and W. The boulder-faced rubble wall of the dun, which was about 3m thick, followed the irregular margin of the summit, enclosing an area measuring about 25m by 20m. At the present time, however, only a few fragments of the wall, including two courses of outer face on the NE, are visible, together with a well-defined entrance on the ENE. The entrance-passage, 3.3m long by 1.2m wide, is bordered on the N side by one course of large blocks, up to 0.7m long and 0.4m high, but only a single facing-stone survives on the S side.
RCAHMS 1980, visited 1903

This monument was noted as a fort by OS in 1972; it was in a similar condition to that described above.
Surveyed at 1:10,000.
Visited by OS (R L) 24 June 1972.

Books and References

Beveridge, E (1903) Coll and Tiree: their prehistoric forts and ecclesiastical antiquities with notices of ancient remains in the Treshnish Isles, [s.l.] (Edinburgh)
Page(s): 11 Held at RCAHMS D.11.12.COL

RCAHMS (1980a) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Argyll: an inventory of the monuments volume 3: Mull, Tiree, Coll and Northern Argyll (excluding the early medieval and later monuments of Iona), Edinburgh
Page(s): 117-18, No. 230 plan, fig. 145 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV/21

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